Recviem Rock online
Launching Recviem Rock
in Ramnicu Valcea - July, 2004
am among those who believe that a writer must know to carefully listen to his
own thoughts to be able to reproduce them accurately in writing. Sometimes even
courage is needed, sometimes the fear of the interior or exterior consequences,
personally or socially, triggered by the not even written thought, can prohibit
writing the it correctly, or correctly and complete…
such the writer is constantly in need of a permanent and tenuous exercise of
sincerity. Otherwise, he can write but writes wrong or poor.
misses not necessarily what he is doing but what he could do.”
Marcel Tohatan and Dan
Tudor - the publisher -launching Recviem Rock in Ramnicu Valcea,
Romania, July, 2004
Tohatan and Florentina Tohatan - In their backyard from Richmond
Hill, Ontario. (Picture on the volume's back cover).
Meeting with readers
in Rm. Valcea, Romania.
First hand translators Cristian and Dan
Gallerya.ro Publishing House
www.gallerya.ro July, 2004
ISBN: 973 86624-1-9
Price: $14.00 CAD - Shipping, handling and taxes included
Marcel Tohatan was born in
, on the 23-rd of June 1956. He writes short stories, essays,
theatre plays, novels, screenplays for radio and TV, and... software.
Science graduate and physicist (The Faculty of physics at the
), Marcel works at first as a teacher of Physics and later on as a
technical translator in Rm. Valcea where he lives during 1982 - 1989.
1989 he returns to
where he works as a physicist and software developer for a technology research
institution and later on as a producer and host for the Romanian Broadcasting
Company, trained by The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in
. One of the major playwrights to create The Round Square, the first
Romanian soap opera produced in collaboratin with BBC, Marcel is also a script
writer for a number of TV shows and an independent radio drama producer with
The Icon's Garden, a pilot soap opera production for UNIPLUS.
1996 he immigrates in
. Certified by IBM and Novel in a number of IT related
qualifications, he works as a software developer and IT consultant in
and starts his own software development company, Dacris Software
debut in literature is The Wall Paper published by Steaua (The Star) magazine
in 1989, short after the Romanian Broadcasting Company presented his short
story We Are, read by one of the most outstanding Romanian actors, Victor
He has published stories and essays in Romania Literara (novel),
Contemporanul, Cotitianul, Adevarul Literar, Corespondent, Canava (Odeon
Theatre), Valcea Literara.
His first published theatre play is Massmedia (Ghepardul Publishing
House - 1992). Other plays are Target Aimed, Target Hit (Uniplus Radio - 1992),
The Hands (Romanian Broadcasting Company - 1993), The Orchestra Conductor
(Romanian Broadcasting Company - 1994), Demonstration (Odeon Theatre, Buchares
- 1994), The Monument (Uniplus Radio - 1995).
In manuscript: Blitz (theatre play), American Vision (theatre play),
Soap Balloons (theatre play), The Orange Sphere (novel), Eugen
(novel), The Nature Of Time (essay on philosophy of science).
Sample Story - translated by Cristian Tohatan
will come to be seen that until a point in time Victor Copilian has lived, in
many ways, a normal life. He had a job, an age and a family, composed generally
speaking of two people bound for life. His wife was a wife indeed and obviously
she lived in such a way not to interfere with anything in the real life of her
Victoras, taking much care to maintain the conventional frame set in which she
was also included. Therefore she took care more of herself so to say.
If Copilian’s life could be summarized in one page, there wouldn’t be more than
just a few words written about his wife… which in the end would probably have
to be erased.
character in this story might not have lived and maybe couldn’t exist if
something in his behaviour and certainly in his thoughts and in the things he
did hadn’t had the pattern of distinction, his abnormal way of life in which
sense even nature cannot exist if we accept the idea that it does not produce
banalities. An idea somewhat questionable but which the reader should consider
as a starting point.
it was something specific to Copilian, a passion which to be worthy of its
name, was born when he was a child and stuck with him, gaining power as time
was passing, absorbing in his adulthood almost all of his vital strength.
are not many things known about our hero’s infantile age but we can assume that
the interest that was to become over time his main obsession was triggered by
one of the games in his childhood.
can imagine that Victor Copilian, having proven himself to be a regular adult,
had been a child indeed, annoying, not necessarily out of rudeness but due to
his normal juvenile idling which some parents make the mistake of calling it
curiosity, imagination or even a precocious intelligence, preparing with a
parental indifference for their later disappointment.
one of his first days, the baby introducing a finger into his mouth, probably
the thumb because it was bigger has found out this way that the finger can be
he did not forget about his discovery as one would have expected, but repeated
with perseverance the operation of introduction for many days and weeks, step
by step mastering that skill, replacing the finger with various objects, and
later replacing the mouth with something else.
the days that followed he did not let himself be spoon-fed by his mother or by
the people (aunts, uncles, grand parents) who inevitably sometimes took the
place of his mother’s arm. He learned quickly how to handle these utensils
based on introducing them into his mouth at peak moments, but he couldn’t enjoy
the praise which every normal child would’ve received because of a bad habit
which was impossible to break: with the last bite he stuck the teaspoon with so
much enthusiasm into his throat that he vomited everything he ate. The fun
prolonging, he ended up in a hospital where the child was fed artificially.
difficult stages of his childhood being finally overcome, things should have
gone back to normal. But as he matured, the child’s unique hobby continued to
expand. In class among his young friends, at home, wherever he might have been,
Victor was preoccupied with only one verb: to introduce…
started having his own secret place, an old suitcase of his dad’s, found in a
very hidden location in his house, in which he would cram various objects
randomly chosen, stuffing them as much as possible into one another.
using a hammer, the density of the objects grew and later he built himself a
small hydraulic press with which he was capable of unimaginable performances.
was harshly punished on the day when the suitcase, becoming too heavy,
punctured through the floor and crashed through the lower storey of the
building. The whole family, stigmatized by the Tennant Association, had to move
to the first floor…
the life of a true genius offers so many great adventures!
studying the lives of famous inventors it can be noticed that most of the time
the path to the final achievement is tedious, diving itself into a lot of
failed attempts. Not even the case of Victor Copilian is excused from the rule
and all those attempts did not pass through his life without leaving any marks.
suitcase, filled over the top with objects crammed into each other, which he
kept like a memory from his childhood, slowly sank into the ground until its
owner could not find a way to keep it at the surface and he was asked not to
stuff any more things inside and to consider it lost, leaving it to sink faster
and faster towards the center of the Earth.
loss has convinced him to finally start a serious study about the issue of
introduction, this time based on the newest achievements of science and
took contact with a whole series of problems related to topology in specific,
but also to the different unconventional geometries or to the structure of
matter, gaining extensive knowledge in the field of his interest, within a very
lure towards applying them into practice eventually became so big that because
of its pressure he modified his dimensions and his physical properties and then
one day while studying the un-imaginable possibilities of the human body to
facilitate the introduction he adequately expanded his mouth and subsequently
the whole digestive system and introduced inside even his wife who was always
swallowed, let’s say, even though this strange expression could create
confusion in the mind of an un-aware reader who could understand that Victor
Copilian literally ate his wife, an extremely in-accurate thing. He introduced
her, showing her once and for all the strength of his passion.
the woman has familiarized herself with her new way of living but continued to
request a series of objects of strict necessity, from the china to the nail
scissors and jewelry, which determined Copilian to gradually move with
everything inside himself leaving outside for some time only his body.
complications have followed because to enlarge the comfort offered in such an
original way by her Victoras, his wife profited from his remarkable capacity of
stuffing on such a scale until his body became too full, braking his apartment
walls, going into his neighbour’s, who was forced to request abandonment.
is useless to add the expenses involved by the extraction of Copilian from the
damaged section of the building… Units have been dispatched.
discomfort displayed by the entire family did not have the gift of discouraging
but actually has mobilized him even more to accelerate his research which had
reached an extremely advanced phase. Encouraged by the success, Copilian
concentrated on introducing him into himself and reverting to his normal
dimensions. The method, once discovered and perfected, permitted him a series
of successive operations of introduction so that his dimensions began a process
of continuous decrease at the same time with a corresponding increase in mass.
forever from social life, Victor Copilian crammed himself with pleasure into
himself gaining the volume of a new-born, then of a baby bottle, then of a
pacifier, in order for him to pass into the microscopic domain and
sub-microscopic, ending like a black hole with total cramming into one point.
process of introduction reached thus perfection. Nothing was left on the
outside, no object, no matter how small, tied to the earthly existence of our
character, pouring itself into the point in which he has introduced him into
this story I fear will have the same fate, taking into consideration the fact
that its subject is tied to the life of the famous one vanished. Later on
readers will be inevitably involved and I feel obliged to launch a severe
a short time there will be no survivor! And this is not because we are social
beings event though we must not forget that Copilian has lived among us, in the
same space – time, filled with anxiety, at the edge of the millennium,
having with us so many things in common, joy and sadness, achievements
and failures, and so on and so forth.
from the author to the English reader:
Introduction was written while I was living in
under Ceausescu’s dictatorship. Those times the people
used to seek refuge from the overwhelming communist propaganda by isolating
themselves into their inner space. The message embedded into this story is that
the isolation of one will, sooner or later, trigger the isolation of all since
we are all sharing the same inner space. Such deeply hidden messages were, at
that time, the only hope that the story would have chances to escape the